Sometimes people think that when you live alone, what you eat are mostly instant noodles and takeaways. Well, today i’m here to dispel this myth because i have never eaten a takeaway since i moved to Japan (which is in April) except for the day when i just moved into my new home because it was too late and my new fridge was empty.
I know it’s hard to believe it, but…. I cooked every meal myself!!
This is a whole new experience because i have never really touched the stove back when i was in Singapore because both of my parents cook. It’s AMAZING. I mean about how i picked up cooking for myself. But i admit I do have days when i don’t feel like moving so i have lazy food that i can reach out for which are healthy and filling. Read on, i will teach you how.
Actually i only have a few guidelines to cooking:
- High Fibre
- High Protein
Yea, so after following all these guidelines you can expect my meals to be really healthy.
When i just moved out into my new place, i was really excited about cooking so my meals looked something like this:
*red rice is a mixture of brown rice with red bean and it’s super healthy. I bought this while it’s on sale.
What i made for the first visitor to my house:
The sauce is easy. You just need some butter, cornstarch and low fat milk. Garnish with cheese and basil leave.
On weekends, my breakfast tend to be more nutritious because i have more time.
But this was just during the first few weeks when i just moved in. Now my everyday breakfast looks like this:
Protein, fiber, protein. Haha
If you noticed, there are actually quite a few soups i made. I usually have soup for dinner because it’s either i ate a heavy lunch (high calorie). Anyway, the servings i make can last for 2 meals, so it’s economizing and you can save a lot of money instead of eating out.
To be honest, cooking healthy meals is really easy. What i only did was cutting the ingredients up, combine them into a pot or pan and either stir-fry them or boil them into a soup.
Some staples that i MUST have in my fridge:
- low-fat yogurt
- soy milk
- ice cream (just can’t live without it)
Whenever i get some sort of vegetable, eg. cabbage, broccoli etc. i portion it into 4, use cling wrap and wrap them individually so that i have more to eat. The same goes for rice. I cook a lot at a time so i portion them into half-bowl sizes and make them into balls and freeze them so whenever i feel like having rice, i’ll just pop one of them into the microwave. This really helps in preventing overeating and saves A LOT of time.
I invested some money into a good steamer as well such as this:
It’s quite pricey but it’s really handy for lazy people like me! I learnt about this cooking tool when i was still homestaying and my homestay mum (a doctor) prepares meals with this everyday. Handy and nutritious!!
Btw, i do not own a rice cooker. This is my rice cooker. 😀
Last thing to add, i DO eat JUNK FOOD.I love Doritos, chocolate and ice cream. But no matter how much i love them, i can’t eat them all the time.